There's still time to catch The Doodle Boy's first ever solo show in Shrewsbury - as his exhibition has now been extended until November 6th - Pictures by Joshua James Photography
The Doodle Boy Exhibition has been causing great ripples in Shrewsbury - firstly, with live doodling by the star of the show 11-year-old Joe Whale himself, in the window of The Soden Collection on Wyle Cop.
Then came a surprise visit from Mr Doodle (real name Sam Cox - pictured above here) who dropped in to the Shrewsbury contemporary art gallery to show his support for young doodling prodigy Joe and bought one of Joe's artworks to add to his own collection.
Such has been the interest in Joe's first ever solo exhibition that gallery owner Jonathan Soden has extended the show until November 6th, to allow more visitors to enjoy Joe's work and purchase prints and original artworks. There are around 30 works on show, ranging from signed and framed prints for £275 up to £9,500 for large, original pieces.
Joe's startling talent first came to light after images of him doodling on the walls at Number Four restaurant in Shrewsbury were shared on social media and attracted attention from news organisations the world over. The Ellesmere College pupil is already a huge hit in the USA, with two books out this year, but chose to hold his first ever solo show in his hometown of Shrewsbury. You can read all about Joe in our exclusive interview with him here, at home in Shrewsbury.
Joe holds a seemingly inexhaustible cast of quirky characters in his head and absolutely loves seeing them all come to life - he's been doing it since the age of six!
Jonathan said: "It was a great surprise when Mr Doodle dropped in as Joe didn't know he was coming. He really sets the standard for doodle art, so Joe was really happy that he came and they did a piece of collaborative art together, which has gone off to be framed for Joe.
"The interest in Joe's artworks from such significant international collectors really suggests he's not just one to watch but one to buy from. Artworks are being shipped off to Hong Kong, Korea and the USA. One collector from Hong Kong, who also has KAWS artworks in his collection, asked which was Joe's largest work - and bought that one - as he has been watching Joe's career and wants to support him.
"Locally the exhibition has gone down really well with families - mums and dads and children who have all enjoyed coming into the gallery over half term and having a go at doodling and colouring Joe's Official Doodle Boy Colouring Book."
The private view ahead of the exhibition opening was also attended by many of Shrewsbury's finest creative talents including world-renowned comic book illustrators Charlie Adlard and Mike Perkins.
Jonathan Soden will continue to represent Joe once the exhibition has finished and they are looking forward to attending the Manchester Art Fair from November 20, where Joe plans to do some more live doodling!
For more information visit The Soden Collection